Property Assessment and Taxation Workshop

Truro Town Hall - Wednesday September 25 at 1:00 p.m.

About this Workshop

Many stakeholders are not fully acquainted with ad valorem taxation principles and applications. While there is ample technical “know-how” training and education on property assessment and taxation, there is much less “know- why” knowledge comprehensively available at senior, local and administrative levels. The ad valorem taxation scheme developed centuries before other forms of taxation exists in most countries in the world but is subject to constant challenge.

The aim of this workshop is to explain the evolution of assessment and property taxation in Canada, with particular reference to the Nova Scotia context; identify the need for clear assessment and taxation policies; discuss issues associated with this form of taxation; stimulate discussion and offer possible solutions to the challenges faced by stakeholders today. It will briefly describe the history and evolution of Ad Valorem Taxation in Canada, with most of the time focused on property tax policy, principles, challenges and issues along with an overview of the fundamentals of property assessment in a mass appraisal context.

About the Presenter

David Highfield has recently retired as President and CEO of BC Assessment after 40 years in the assessment business. Starting as a temporary appraiser, serving as the Assessor for the Greater Vancouver Area and more recently as the Vice President responsible for all properties in BC, he has broad experience in assessment.

David Highfield is an Accredited Appraiser (AACI) with the Appraisal Institute of Canada. He has served on the Boards of a variety of business related and professional organizations and is Past President of the Appraisal Institute of Canada. He has served as a guest lecturer at the BC Institute of Technology, the Chair of the Valuers Global Forum in Washington, DC and was an active participant in the development of the UBC distance learning degree for appraisers. He now serves on the Board of Directors governing BC Assessment Authority.


The cost to attend this workshop is freeand open to those who are interested in attending (senior municipal administrators, or municipal administrators interested in taxation). Click here to register for the workshop. The workshop will be held in Truro Town Hall in the Council Chambers from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday September 25, 2019.